So. I used to say that I’m simply NOT a horse person. I was content to let the girls do their horse thing while watching from the sidelines. And before moving into the crooked yellow farmhouse our big horse, Cici, was boarded at someone else’s barn so I was able to stay on the sidelines when it came to her care. Now that we have Cici at our house and we have the two miniature horses, it has become necessary for me to be much more involved. And quite frankly, I love it! I’m learning to be less intimidated by Cici (she does weigh 1100 pounds and can be QUITE sassy at times), and she is learning that I almost, kind of know what I’m doing when I’m taking care of her. And the minis – oh goodness, the minis! – they are the sweetest, cutest little critters you’ll ever meet. They don’t intimidate me at all, and I’m able to be assertive and in charge with them without any trouble. That has been a huge confidence booster. The horses and me are finding our groove. I still fumble a bit with halters and my technique when it comes to maneuvering everyone to the prospective stalls still needs some finessing, but I’m making progress. I’ve learned so much since we’ve moved in and I’m enjoying every bit of it!
Today was vet appointment day and I was in charge of getting everyone from the pasture and into their stalls so they’d be ready for their appointments. This is a little tricky for me to do alone, but there was no other option. I put on my big girl boots and trudged into the muddy pasture to retrieve Cici, who incidentally was as nice as could be about being brought in early, and even patiently waited while I unbuckled all the parts of her rain sheet and got it off of her. The minis are comical and just kind of create an element of fun when you do anything with them, so getting them situated was a bit chaotic, but it got done. All in all it went pretty smoothly!
The vet came to float the mini’s teeth. Basically, horses have points on their teeth that need to be filed down with a tool called a ‘float’ – hence the name of the procedure. Floating a horse’s teeth is done to smooth them out which allows a horse to efficiently grind their food. A horse’s jaw moves from side to side as it chews grass. This grinding turns the grass to a pulp before the horse swallows it. When there are uneven teeth or teeth with sharp points or hooks it makes it more difficult for a horse to properly grind down the grass, which is an essential part of the digestive process. Horses can have problems eating and therefore lose weight if their teeth are in need of attention. Both Irish and Whisper are on the beefy side, so we know they aren’t having issues digesting their food. 😉 I know you tuned in today just so you could learn these little nuggets about horse dental care! Ha!
First up was Irish. She was such a good girl. Getting a sedative and then having a metal contraption stuck in your mouth has to be a bit disconcerting, but she handled it like a pro.
She was kind of out of it for a while afterwards, but she perked up after 30 minutes or so.
Whisper was next. She also did great! I was proud of them both. *Please don’t look at how muddy my little white horse is. She can’t seem to resist the urge to roll in the mud – kind of like a kid who can’t help but stomp in a puddle!
Cici’s stall is directly across from Whisper’s so she got to see what was going on. She was quite anxious about her mini friends getting all that attention from the vet. The three of them are BFF’s, which is one more thing I totally love about having them all here with us. It’s pretty sweet to watch them all interact.
There you have it. An afternoon in the life of an almost, kind of horse person. I’m on my way to becoming a full-fledged member of the horse person world! 🙂